her exoskeleton

the morning excitement
around shelby the praying mantis
shedding her exoskeleton

_______

in the plastic bin
emory hugging his knees while i
count stalks of kale
(red russian and vates)
and collards
eight per bunch

_______

emory and i at karma table
he draws (the mama hen and 39 chicks,
a bottle of fruit beer
a summer apple tree) while i type and ask questions
producing the sandhill newspaper issue four
let’s take a break emory says
should we play uno i ask
which we do
and later, back at work in the newspaper office
we split a square of chocolate

_______

wherein tony walks into the kitchen
and i am at the butcher block
and he asks if he can give me a hug
and i say yes
and he thanks me for being a good friend
to mica and rachel

_______

dinner (half prepared by me
and half prepared by the mostly top 40 playlist
which includes
lupe fiasco
akon
the roots
neyo
grimes
otis redding
robing) menu:
coleslaw (with part caraflex cabbage
and part copenhagen)
lentil loaf (dressed with pepper relish)
pesto s/mashed potatoes
lemon tahini dressing for the
salad

_______

darien approaches the butcher block
with a big collander of sprouted wheat
and i shoo him away
(as if to say my cook shift, my butcher block)
to which we both laugh

_______

i didn’t know you like rap music robin says
it’s hip hop i reply

_______

emory mistakes a 1/4 cup measure
for a strainer
and we both laugh

_______

haaay fraynkayyyy! whatcha doin?
emory calls from down the gravel road

in classic emory style
hanging out with gibbus i reply
petting the creamsicle colored cat
on the hood of the truck

_______

from the water world:

potd-jump_2973852k
Indian men and boys bathe in a river on the outskirts of Amritsar. Temperatures are hovering around the 48 degrees Celsius mark in the city as many parts of northern India continue to reel under hot and humid weather conditions with temperatures several notches above standard levels
. Picture: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

 

School boys get drenched in a large wave during high tide at a sea front in Mumbai
School boys get drenched in a large wave during high tide at a sea front in Mumbai, India.
REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

and beyond:
(from the war world)
The son of one of the Palestinian members of Al-Batsh's family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City
The son of one of the Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral.

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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